For us, sustainability is no passing trend. It’s in our DNA and an indispensable part of how we work. We are continuously striving to make Alchemist even more sustainable, and therefore consider carefully any new steps we take in this light. Because sustainability isn’t something you can just plug into a company. It calls for constant dedication to working as sustainably as possible. In the fashion world, people sometimes cut corners and that’s something we are determined not want to do at Alchemist. Our commitment is long-term: how are we currently doing and how could we do better? We regularly talk with other sustainable fashion brands, so we can pool our strengths and learn from one another’s business practices. Our founder and designer, Caroline Mewe, is a welcome guest at business conferences, speaking on how to make the fashion industry more sustainable.
In 2016, Alchemist signed the SER (Dutch Social Economic Council)’s International Covenant on Sustainable Clothing and Textiles. This is a robust covenant containing legally binding agreements between companies, government, trade unions and other stakeholders. We have high hopes about the ability of its hard-hitting pledges to improve the fashion industry, and the SER’s annual audit is certainly very thorough. Read all about the five-year plan of the covenant. Finger on the pulse. Prior to 2016, we had set ourselves the goal that 90% of our production be by producers who have a certificate for social-ethical business practices. Since then, all the factories with whom we work have one or more such certificates, and undergo annual audit by various NGOs, such as BSCI, FWF, SA8000, GOTS and Smeta.
As a signatory to the Covenant, every year Alchemist undergoes a thorough mandatory audit by the SER. This means we allow two independent parties to look over our shoulder and make sure we do what we say we do. We believe this makes our sustainability claims credible. The analyses that come out of these audits also help us identify where we can further improve our sustainability performance.
We visit our producers at least once a year, but usually more frequently, to monitor the conditions on site. Since 2015, we have engaged a part-time employee to help us achieve our stated goals and to help Alchemist further improve its sustainability performance. In the first quarter of 2016, together with another FWF member, we commissioned an audit on the minimum wage policy of one of our most important suppliers in Portugal.
A few years back, we set ourselves the goal of reducing our CO2 emissions. To achieve this, we wanted as much as possible to bring our production back to Europe. This we have done. We now produce some 80% in Portugal, 5% in Macedonia and another 15% in Delhi, India.
Using these locations means our transportation routes have become much shorter and we now use air freight only from Delhi. Moreover, we combine freight shipments of various different suppliers abroad, so together we can fill just one truck and avoid multiple smaller shipments. We work together with production studios, laundries and dye works that are located close to each other in order to reduce local transportation.
Our Austrian fabric supplier, Lenzing, who make our Tencel, Modal and Lyocell, generate 80% of their own energy locally and sustainably.
My name is Justine and I would like to share my story with you about how I found my passion that is now called Alhena.
I worked for 5 years as a management assistant after getting my bachelor diploma in management. However I decided to leave this career behind to follow another passion of mine which is exploring the world to discover different cultures, languages and traditions.
I left alone with my backpack to Australia without speaking a word of English. My first goal was to learn English but this trip opened up a new world to me.
It was during this long journey that I took several years ago that I attended a variety of jewellery making courses in India, Indonesia and also afterwards in France, to learn different techniques to create jewellery. During this trip I discovered my passion is to become a jewellery designer. And so the brand Alhena was born.
I work with beautiful, natural and quality materials that I choose carefully. Over time I have created a trusting and lasting relationship with my suppliers from all around the world, ensuring that everything I use is ethically sourced.
I spend a lot of time making my jewellery because I want every piece to be perfect for the people who buy it. What I love is that in every piece I create, I can share a little bit of myself. And so this is what makes Alhena so unique.
De arganboom komt enkel voor in het zuid-westen van Marokko, in de streek van Agadir, de Sousvallei, de Anti-Atlas en de Hoge Atlas. Zijn geelbruine vruchten bevatten één tot drie amandelen die tot 55% olie bevatten. Die worden sinds oudsher verwerkt tot de unieke gouden arganolie. Eén procédé levert een olie op die geschikt is voor de consumptie, een ander procédé een olie die uitzonderlijk voedend en helend is voor de huid. In 1219 al schreef de vermaarde Arabische arts Ibn Al Baytar over de heilzame eigenschappen van argan.
Omdat elk deel van de arganboom wordt gebruikt, vormt hij een onmisbare bron aan inkomsten. Zo'n 3 miljoen plattelandsmensen voorzien er direct of indirect mee in hun levensonderhoud. Bovendien vormen arganbomen een dam tegen de verwoestijning: door hun krachtige wortelvorming houden ze grondwater vast, en zorgen zo voor het behoud van vruchtbare grond.
In het kader van de herwaarderig van de boom en de streek in het algemeen ontstonden eind jaren negentig verschillende vrouwencoöperatieven voor de productie van arganolie. Door het combineren van de traditionele werkwijze met moderne technologie bereikten die een optimaal productieproces.
For ethical, practical and economical reasons, the “made in France” appeared to us as a must. Indeed, after several trips around the world on a professional level, we realized that the grass was not necessarily greener elsewhere! Graulhet, a former French capital for leather enjoys a know-how of more than a century. This is why we felt like setting up a team of craftsmen who gladly sharpened their tools for us.
To make our collection, we buy leathers from leather goods or footwear workshops, or from tanneries …
Thus giving a second life to discarded stocks and collections. We are very careful to only select hides whose feel, touch and grain come up to our requirements. And we just love bright colours.
Zonder vooropleiding, maar met (welig tierende) creatieve kriebels: zo begint Berit Van den Bussche in de herfst van 2016 met waterverf te experimenteren. Het resultaat? Een reeks kleurrijke miniatuurschilderijen met een unieke stijl. Familie en vrienden reageren meteen enthousiast! Met voorzichtige passen toont Berit daarom haar werk aan een ruimer publiek en zo ontstaat Bé als artistiek alterego en B-creativ als merknaam. Een vergeeld boekblaadje of oude muziekpartituren omtoveren tot ware kunstwerkjes, dát is B-creativ in een notendop!De originele schilderijen met kleurrijke vogels en dieren vormen ook de basis voor leuke geschenken: notitieboekjes, kaarten, linnen tassen, gsm-hoesjes…Ben je op zoek naar een gepersonaliseerd cadeau? Dan schildert Bé jouw huisdier, totemdier of ander favoriet (gevleugeld) dier ook graag op maat!
De meest recente schilderijen en nieuwe producten van B-creativ vind je op Facebook & Instagram @bcreativ.art or soon @ www.b-creativ.be
Neem contact op voor gepersonaliseerde gsmhoesjes, schilderopdrachten, samenwerkingen of andere uitdagingen email@example.com +32 496 57 75 46 Mechelen, Belgium
With flourishing creative tingles, but without prior artistic education, Berit Van den Bussche starts experimenting with aquarel painting in the autumn of 2016. The result? A series of colourful miniature paintings in a unique style. Family and friends are immediately sold on her artwork. Hence, Berit shows her work little by little to a broader public and her artistic alterego Bé arises as well as her gift label B-creativ.
A yellowing book page or old musical scores are turned into a unique work of art: that’s B-creativ in a nutshell.The original paintings with colourful birds and animals also form the basis for unique, refreshing gifts: notebooks, cards, linen bags, phone covers . . . . Are you looking for a personalized gift? Bé will be happy to create a tailor-made painting of your pet, totem animal or other preferred (winged) animal!
Find my recent artwork on Facebook & Instagram @bcreativ.art or soon at www.b-creativ.be
Get in contact for personalized phone cases, commissions, collaborations, and other exciting assignments firstname.lastname@example.org +32 496 57 75 46 Mechelen, Belgium
Kleur en mooie materialen, deze elementen vormen de basis van de accessoires die Hilde Goedleven maakt onder de naam Bleu Celeste.
Hilde volgde verschillende opleidingen en workshops.
Door het boekbinden ontdekte ze het Japans papier waar ze graag mee werkt.
Dit papier gebruikt ze voor de lampenkappen en het wordt ook na een speciale behandeling gebruikt als voering voor de kleine lederwaren.
Hilde gebruikt alleen volle nerf leder van Europese leerlooierijen.
Dankzij haar butterfly-mind vind je bij Bleu Celeste een zeer uitgebreid aanbod aan leuke accessoires.
Indulging in the Simple Pleasures
A word play on the epicurean phrase “láthe biṓsas”, the company name was chosen in reference to the epicurean ideals of life based on simplicity, tranquility and finding pleasure in the little things. From the family-owned grove to the stylish bottle, Ladi Biosas is lovingly crafted with this philosophy in mind.
A small company with a great idea, Ladi Biosas re-imagined olive oil and created a premium product that brings together art, creativity and culinary delight. The company has won multiple awards for both quality and design and is already favored by some of the most prestigious resorts and restaurants in Greece.
The Gentle Art of Olive Oil**
Set amidst junipers, citruses and arbutus trees at an altitude of 600 meters, Ladi Biosas’ organically farmed, family-owned olive grove yields exceptional crops that produce a premium monocultivar extra virgin olive oil. The select Koroneiki olives are first cold pressed to preserve the distinctive floral, peppery and grassy notes, and the olive oil is then bottled and labeled by hand. Dedicated to the preservation of high quality olive oil, the company takes a holistic approach, with a vertically integrated production process and environmentally-friendly organic agriculture to guarantee quality.
Taking distance from the mass market for olive oil, the company uses art as a driving force to create a premium product that will reposition Greek olive oil on the world market.
The Art of Taste, A Taste for Art
A premium product deserves premium presentation, and the company worked with renowned local artist Takis Katsoulidis to create its distinctive glass bottles with natural oak stoppers, each of which is numbered and signed by the artist himself. But the company’s passion for art is not just limited to its products; Ladi Biosas has released a series of “Art Olive Oil Cards”, featuring the work of famous photographers and features poetry on the website, too. The company also sponsors exhibitions and has worked with the Hellenic Association of the Blind in Kalamata in order to include braille text and make such projects more accessible.
Made With Love by Louve
Hallo, ik ben Rhea. Met het merk GLDN geef ik een gezicht aan een idee dat al lang in me borrelt. Iets met kleding, je goed voelen en genieten.
‘Always remember, you’re golden’ is dan ook de boodschap die ik met het loungewear merk GLDN de wereld instuur. Een feelgood collectie met de nadruk op slow, niet te verwarren met de exacte vertaling, het heeft alles te maken met het ‘tempo giusto’ vinden voor jezelf.
Wat is er leuker dan opgaan in het moment en de tijd vergeten? Daarom zijn GLDN sweaters tijdloos. Ze mogen lang bestaan. Net zoals de iconen die onze muze zijn. Marilyn, Brigitte, Audrey, Grace en zoveel andere dames. Ze hebben hun eigen verhaal. Iets herkenbaar. Met een eigenheid, verder dan hip. Ze kennen het geheim van duurzame schoonheid.
Met een GLDN geef je een eigen touch aan een comfy basic die niet mag ontbreken in je garderobe. Niet zomaar een basic, maar eentje met oog voor detail, originaliteit en gevoel voor comfort. Net zoals jij. Een GLDN draag je volgens eigen mood en smaak. Casual of meer gekleed. Zolang het maar goed voelt. Ieder stuk is handgemaakt in Portugal. We kiezen voor zachte, kwalitatieve stoffen in tijdloze kleuren om lang van te genieten. Zomer, winter? Je goed voelen kent geen seizoenen!
Een GLDN doet meer dan er goed uitzien. Het ontwerp is Belgisch, de productie gebeurt in Portugal in een klein atelier waar dames met de grootste nauwkeurigheid elke sweater in mekaar zetten. Ze werken in goede omstandigheden en zijn als een hechte familie. Fijn om te ervaren dat passie en dromen waarmaken ook op kleine schaal een verschil kunnen maken.
Hello, I am Paula Betlem an artist printmaker based in Brussels, where I live and work in a light atelier in the heart of the city. For many years I worked in the fashion industry on the graphic part as well as the more technical side of the mainly kids collections. In 2013 I rediscovered printmaking and restarted drawing and making art again. Screenprinting on plywood led to another passion that had been forgotten; making objects from flat materials. Not surprising with my background at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (former Academie voor Industrïele Vormgeving). In January 2018 I decided to concentrate fulltime on this fun journey of art and craft.
I find my inspiration in a wide range of little things. I love to hike in the mountains, find solitude in deserted landscapes, but couldn’t live without the movement of the city.
If you are interested you can purchase work online at www.misstmorning.etsy.com and I am open for collaboration and commissions.
Thank you for dropping by and let’s keep in touch!
How it all began the story about Mud Jeans.
As a 23 year old Bert van Son, CEO of MUD Jeans moved to China to work in the textile industry. His 30 years experience in the fashion industry made him see the impact fast fashion has on the environment and its factory workers and made him believe that there is an alternative way.
In 2013 he introduced Lease A Jeans, an innovative approach to offer guilt-free consumption. MUD Jeans allows customers to shop guilt free and do good for the environment, while looking fashionable and modern. Therefore, the company won several awards, such as the Sustainability Leadership Award and the Peta Vegan Awards.
In the circular economy products are designed to be reused easily. That’s why we don’t use leather labels, but printed ones instead.
We don’t use conventional cotton. Our mills are BCI and GOTS certified. Also, we are a member of the Young Designer Programme of Fair Wear Foundation.
Worn out jeans are shredded, cut into pieces and blended with virgin cotton This is how a new denim yarn is born.
LEASE OR BUY
Lease a jeans and become a member of the MUD community. Or just buy them directly online or in one of the stores.
Returned jeans are upcycled and sold as unique vintage pairs. The jeans are named after the former user.
USE & RETURN
Your adventures shape the character of (y)our jeans. Take them wherever you go, but send them back at the end of use.
Pink Cloud Studio
Ik ben Martine, een freelance illustratrice uit Antwerpen. Al mijn werk is met de hand getekend, meestal in kleurpotlood. Geïnspireerd door de natuur, nostalgie en eenvoud, leg ik vertrouwde en huiselijke momenten van rust en vreugde vast. Uiteraard maak ik niet alleen vrij werk, maar teken ik ook in opdracht: een originele op maat gemaakte tekening of portret, ontwerp van kaarten en uitnodigingen, illustraties voor boeken en magazines,… Tevens zijn mijn illustraties beschikbaar voor licentie of commissie.
Edel Van Riet (29) is a teacher by profession, but above all a true adventurer. Although he didn’t lack in passion for teaching, the explorer in him craved for great adventures. Three years ago, he decided to go explore Latin America on his own. He worked as a volunteer in Guatemala, guided hikes to volcanoes in Nicaragua, travelled through the Mexican jungle and sailed the Caribbean Sea to Colombia. A journey to remember.
One encounter would leave a deep impression on him. Whilst trekking through the high mountains of Mexico, Edel got to know a very special Indian tribe. They called themselves the Rarámuri, which literally means ‘those with light feet’.
Edel was immediately fascinated by the simplicity and creativity with which the Rarámuri make their own footwear. Using ribbons, they tie a piece of car tire around their feet and walk on these hand made sandals for tens of kilometers a day. Later, he learned that the Rarámuri were known for their beautiful running style and infinite endurance. The members of this Mexican tribe devote their lives to an ‘attitude of humble silence’: a life filled with love, hope and joy.
Back at home in Antwerp, Edel remained inspired by his beloved Rarámuri. He decided to continue his adventure and design his own fashionable Rarámuri sandals. He chose a sole made from leather and volcanic rubber that can be combined with a wide range of ribbons in beautiful colors and different fabrics. The Rarámuri Sandals are unique in their simplicity and excel in comfort, tradition and the exceptional way in which you can tie your own combination together yourself.
At the same time, the profit of Rarámuri Sandals is shared with a charity organisation named ‘Cooperative for Education’. They run a campaign called ‘The Thousand Girls Initiative’. This organisation helps to break the poverty cycle in Guatemala by supporting girls to get an education. Edel choose to support this organisation because, as a volunteer teacher in Guatemala, he understands the value of education and knows that his contribution is going to the right place. Edel considers himself blessed to be able to give something back to the people of Central America.
THERE IS A RARÁMURI SPIRIT IN EACH OF US.
Rifò is an emerging brand of clothes and accessories. We produce high-quality products, 100% made with upcycled textile fibers and made in Italy (In Prato). Thanks to a mechanical and craftsmanship process developed in the textile district of Prato (our city) more than 100 years ago, we are able to turn fabric leftovers into new accessories and clothes with identical qualities to the original products, this process is technically called upcycling textile fibers. This method allows us to upcycle the leftovers and sensibly reduce the amount of water and chemical products used in the production.
Nowadays it is so easy to get dressed, there are so many beautiful clothes available at a low price. But we can do better – we can dress in high-quality and fashionable clothes while taking care of our planet! Our mission is to create a fashionable and high-quality garment line made entirely in Prato with 100% upcycled fibers.
Our products are: MADE IN ITALY: Rifò clothes and accessories are all confectioned in Prato and its surroundings.
100% REGENERATED: all our products are made with upcycled textile or yarns and they have the same qualities as the virgin ones. All colors we use in production are 100% natural, they have not been dyed, they are the result of the color selection of fabric leftovers.
Rifò is the made in Italy 3.0! A high-quality product which is environmentally and socially responsible!
Scarves & Stuff
My quest for nostalgic luxury!
Hi there! I’m Solange, a knitting addict who’s not afraid to admit it. It all started when I was a little girl and I saw my grandmother Mitteke and my mum Vera produce the most exquisite pieces from just wool, fabric and thread. I guess their passion was infectious, because suddenly I found myself creating my own knitwear, which friends and family wore with pride.
So then I started to wonder: are my family, friends and I the only ones who crave handmade quality from the past? Or is this quest for nostalgic luxury something we have in common with others? Before I knew it, my beloved hobby turned into a sample collection that I launched under the ‘Scarves & Stuff by Solange’ label.
Through this limited edition collection I get to share a passion of generations with everyone who, like me, gets excited over a piece of fashionable, qualitative knitwear. That’s my mission: to unearth people’s desire for an era without mass production by showing them that handmade techniques combined with 21st century design make for quality, luxurious knitwear.
That’s why I only use superior quality soft threads: mohair, 100% merino wool, baby alpaca from Peru and synthetic high-quality threads. Combining this quality with contemporary colours and designs results in a stylish edge.
Everything I design is made by hand. That means everything is unique but also means I spend quite a few hours (or days!) on each piece. Whether it’s a scarf, a hat, mittens, a cardigan or even a beanbag, you can count on me and my knitting needles spending a lot of quality time together. What is my passion has become my life. ‘Scarves and Stuff by Solange’ is a tribute to my darling sources of inspiration: my grandmother and my mom. They are the women who fuelled this, and now it’s my turn to share our passion with you.
Silk Route is a Dutch brand that designs beautiful accessories that differ from the crowd and go beyond fashion. We develop 2 collections a year, and offer a wide range of both spectacular statement pieces, but also fine and versatile basics. Due to our choice of high quality materials, we guarantee the longevity and durability of our items: you will enjoy it and they will become an important part of your wardrobe for many years. Especially if you treat your Silk Route item well. Treat your Silk Route shawl or jewelry as you would like to be treated yourself: lovingly and with care.
In 1975 our founders Cees van Bladel and Meria Sars decided to combine their love for each other and beautiful fabrics. This resulted in a marriage in a green velvet suit for Cees and mint silk gown for Meria on the one hand, and a wholesale and chain of shops in the Netherlands, first under the name Meria Stoffen (not so very original, do ask them the story about this name when you run into them!) and later called Silk Route on the other hand.
Together they travelled the world sourcing and designing the most rich and high quality fabrics. Strong relationships with suppliers where made, which exist even till date. Meanwhile they also managed to raise a small family of their own: in 1983 daughter Crisje was born, in 1984 daughter Sharon followed. Both daughters travelled from a young age with their parents to all parts of the world. The wholesale and shops thrived, also thanks to a fine team of very motivated and creative employees.
The fascination with fabrics, designing and travelling was definitely inherited by both daughters, but initially not the love of entrepreneurship. Crisje studied Psychology whereas Sharon’s first interest was focussed on a government function. But blood is thicker than water, and first Sharon joined her parents at Silk Route and a couple of years later Crisje decided to join as well. Both girls have different qualities, and oddly complement each other. Together with their parents they form a solide team combining two generations. They decided to close the shops, and put all their effort on wholesale only.
At Silk Route we aim for sustainability, and do not believe in fast fashion: we choose for good quality and create designs not only suitable to combine with this seasons fashion but for many seasons to come. Even though we constantly develop new designs, you will see some styles returning each season.
Other than that, we focus on putting a minimum of impact on the environment. We develop only 2 collections each year. Our collections are consolidated and send from the far east in one lot by sea only to use as little as possible transport. This sounds simple, but it does take a lot of planning and constant communication with our factories in the far east from our side.
Our choice for excellent quality is entangled with a innate sentiment of justice: we believe in the total chain of creating and producing our accessories all parties should benefit.
We travel to the factories we work with ourselves regularly. We want to meet the persons with which we are doing business, and see how their factories are set up, and how they treat their staff. Besides our demand to meet certain standards and certifications, the ‘feel’ we have with people and a place is also considered very important for us.
Table in a Box
Table in a box ontzorgt de gastvrouw/heer die aan een hoog tempo door het leven gaat.
Wij leveren de tools om thuis tafelen efficiënter te maken en garanderen een snelle & originele tafelstyling met onze all-in-one tafeldecoratie pakketten. Met de bijhorende handleiding maak je in enkele minuten een pinterestproof eettafel.
Daarnaast zorgen wij voor een playlist bij het thema én gemakkelijke recepten, deels vooraf te maken, zodat de host meer tijd kan spenderen bij zijn gasten.
Ben je creatief en wil je liever zelf graag aan de slag? Volg ons dan voor inspiratie & tips op facebook of instagram en stel een box op jouw maat samen via onze webshop.
1plus1 uses a discriminating eye to find fabrics that combine just the right texture, color and pattern for her one-of–a-kind creations. These creations have the perfect combination of informal charm and comfortable elegance. Our vision is to combine romantic vintage fabrics withthe functionality of timeless classic designs to encourage every woman to dress creatively. Therefore, we offer a wide-range of creations from skirts, handbags, scarves, and hats to home interior accents.
Owner, Lynda Cox applies her degree in interior design and her deep passion for all things vintage, especially fabrics from the 1950’s to 1plus1 creations. She is constantly scouring estate and yard sales, thrift stores, antique markets, and vintage stores for the perfect fabrics, buttons, and trims to reflect her idea of designs that are fun, unique, and functional. Her idea of taking discarded treasures and breathing new life into them is the main goal of 1plus1. Her fascination with home textiles and pretty clothing shines through with every unique piece that she has created.
Lynda focuses on the fashions that women will be comfortable in by using fun, quality fabrics combined with simple, timeless designs. Lynda’s true talent stems from her vision of sophisticated charm that is reminiscent of times past. Wearing 1plus1 designs allows you to express your individuality and show the world that you are an independent and unique woman!